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Bicycle Paperback – 15 May 2008

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A brilliant, totally unique book 17 Sept. 2011
By Zach Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book in the small press section of Powell's in Portland and bought it expecting a bit of afternoon entertainment while I waited for a flight back to the East Coast. While I was definitely entertained, I was even more taken aback at the way in which Fattaruso constructs, with brilliant minimalism, a truly thoughtful, emotional treatise on the title object, the bicycle. Each page is filled with not more than a few lines, often but a single sentence, but each thought, almost lost in the middle of the blankness of the page, contains some startling moment of wisdom, as if casting a new light on the mundane or, more profoundly, giving us new eyes with which to take in the light that's already there. While the individual moments are great, it's their cumulative effect that is most moving. Somehow, by the end of the story I knew "bicycle" like I know a character in a novel, but not one specific bicycle; I knew the concept of bicycle. That concept is expanded out into all the things that it could mean, beyond the physicality and the utility of the object itself. Fattaruso's nonspecific bicycle embodies sadness and regret and humanity and mystery and, in the most rewarding moments, joy.

In talking about the deepness of this book, I've yet to hit on the initial reason I bought it: entertainment. While it is doing all those other things I listed above, it is always entertaining. It is clever and funny without forcing itself upon the reader. It is quick to read. I read it twice in a coffee shop, then thumbed through my favorite passages a third time. Since then, I've read through it once more. The illustrations, which appear intermittently throughout the text, are themselves insightful interpretations of the bicycle, deconstructing and decentering it. And that's the power of the book as a whole, this decentering, shifting the reader's mind away from the everyday consideration of an everyday object. I'm always grateful when a book is able to grant me a new perspective.
One of the best bicycle poetry books 23 May 2012
By Vernon Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An illustrated book of poetry with 77 poems. Each poem is a single line that describes an aspect of or event involving a bicycle and appears alone on a page. The poems are minimalist expressions of efficiency, like the bicycle they describe. The use of words makes us ask questions about the World in which we live. After reading one you read it again two or three times. You cannot help but think about what you read, like a stone launched by a slingshot. The illustrations are crisp line drawings that also make you question, reminiscent of The New Yorker. This book is a toy-box for intellectuals or anyone with imagination who likes to practice seeing things in different perspectives. It is very refreshing for anyone who likes reading and using words. The poet shows considerable insight and makes the reader long for more and longer poems like a passing kiss. If you have to have only one bicycle poetry book this is the one to get.
Unique Fantastic Homage to the Bicycle 2 July 2011
By Tish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Man and His Car have nothing on One Man and his Bicycle. More than a series of reflections, poems, insights and fantasies about his bike, this little book, read as a whole, paints a picture of a beautiful relationship. For anyone who has ever ridden, depended upon, hated or loved a bike, this hits home in so many ways. Brilliant!
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Fitting that it was published on April 1 14 Nov. 2008
By mrotown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback

What was the author thinking?

Actually the problem is that the author tells us everything he is thinking. Too bad he was only thinking in jibberish.
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